7 Tips for Designing Your Bedroom
Learn how to think about light, layout, circulation and views to get the bedroom of your dreams
Why? Because every bedroom absolutely has to have a bed in it. And beds are big and ungainly, and dictate the placement of every other object in the room. However, if you’re lucky enough to be planning a bedroom from scratch or renovating an existing bedroom, you can control the other elements and create a space that’s both practical and pretty.
The bedrooms shown here manage that feat with panache. Even if you don’t have a great view, access to the outdoors or plenty of space to work with, the principles they embody and the simplicity they show can inspire your own bedroom design project.
Here are seven tips to help you get the most out of your bedroom.
Try to keep your circulation on one side of the room. Hotels do a great job of this. There’s a reason 90% of hotels have the same floorplan – it’s because it’s simple and it works.
If you organise the circulation so the bathroom and wardrobe are accessed through the sleeping area, above right, you don’t need a separate hall, and you can add the circulation space into the room to make it feel larger, too.
A bedroom always feels nicer when the first thing you experience is a pleasant view out of the window, as opposed to a view looking straight at the bed. If you’re designing a new bedroom or reworking an old one, try to come up with a layout that focuses on the vista, whether it’s something as stunning as a lake or as simple as your garden.
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It’s always nice when you can leave the bedroom door open without forsaking all of your privacy. The small foyer in this layout provides separation from the family room.
I always try to avoid designing a layout in which you look directly into the bedroom from a more public space, such as a living room, kitchen or family room.
While this might not be feasible in all climates, connecting a room with the outdoors is a great way to make the space feel larger and admit more natural light. If your bedroom is on the ground floor (or on the first floor with an adjacent terrace), adding a set of French windows can instantly increase visual space.
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Your bedroom’s architecture should take your furniture into account. Bedroom floorplans usually have a bed wall, but what about chests of drawers, bedside tables, TVs, chairs and a desk?
Work with your architect or designer to make sure there’s enough space beside the bed for tables and ample circulation, so you can access three sides of the mattress.
Locating your bedroom at the corner of your home can give you windows on two adjacent walls. This has the added benefit of allowing cross ventilation and a softer natural light.
Great design takes a while and usually requires refining before you come up with the perfect plan for your lifestyle. Don’t rush through the design. It’s worth taking a little extra time up front to make sure you have a more efficient and functional plan in the end.
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